SONG OF THE WEEK

December 15, 2017

This week’s song of the week reminds us to be ourselves and not worry about anything as long as we know we are doing our best. It does not matter if others think it is our best, as long as we know it is. https://www.youtube.com/watch?time_continue=74&v=F9IAY6upi0E

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 15, 2017

How often do you rob yourself? How often do you steal your joy? your peace?

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FONDUE, ME AND YOU

December 14, 2017

It has been a few years since I have written about fondue, but given that this is National Fondue month, it is a good time to reflect on Fondue again. Fondue is one of those foods which has varied in its popularity over time. However, in some cultures, like Switzerland, fondue is a sacred food. For one very simple reason. It is a meal you can share with people you love. There are some spiritual values in fondue, which are difficult to find in other types of meals.

Fondue is about more than people gathering around a table to share a meal. Fondue is a communal dish. Each and every person gathered around the table is connecting with each other every time they dip something into the fondue pot. It is not so important what is in the fondue pot. It can be cheese, chocolate, or some other form of awesomeness. Nor does it matter what one is dipping into the fondue pot. It could be cheese, berries, or some other delicious dipper. It is the process of sharing a pool into which we all enter and engage.

Eating fondue reminds us to slow down and appreciate time with each other. Especially in this season, we are busy. Eating fondue is a time to sit down, share a homemade meal, sit, talk, and share an experience. Eating fondue allows us to share food and conversation with those we love.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 14, 2017

When you learn how to love and appreciate yourself, you will learn how to love and appreciate others.

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PUT YOUR MASK ON FIRST

December 13, 2017

It has been several years since I have been on a plane, but I remember the flight attendants always telling us in an emergency to put our oxygen masks on first before helping anyone else. This is similar advice to what I was given during my spiritual formation. Take care of yourself so you can take care of others. Practicing you this month means we have to remember to put our masks on first. Today, I thought I would share a few practical ways to take care of ourselves in our daily lives.

1.     Unplug from the energy zappers.
We all have people in our lives who are energy zappers. They are those folks who make you feel like increasingly tired the longer you are around them. When you start to feel emotionally, mentally, and even physically drained around certain people, excuse yourself and find a quiet place to be and let your energy level rebuild. This is not to say that those individuals are bad people, just that they zap your energy and your ability to be present for yourself and thus for others. Unplug, put your mask on and breathe.

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FULFILL YOUR DESTINY

December 12, 2017

What reminds you to fulfill your destiny?

THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 12, 2017

Remember each day to take a moment to hearing all that the Divine has to whisper in your ear. Open yourself up to hearing and acknowledging all the inner revelations, including those which show you that you are greater then your evaluation of yourself

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 11, 2017

You are worthy of loving and paying attention to yourself. Others are also worthy of being loved and having your attention. We are all worthy.

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DO YOU

December 10, 2017

This has been a fast-paced and hectic week for me. I was having a hard time quieting my brain enough to get inspired. I was torn between reflecting on an ingredient or a product. This morning, I woke up to a reminder on Facebook of a blog I wrote three years ago today. As I reread it, I laughed as it fits perfectly with our spiritual practice this month — you. I took this as a sign to share my thoughts again.

It has been a while since I posted here, while I have been resting, healing, and preparing for the next round of surgery. However, I was reminded of something last night that resonated with my soul and that is in all things to do you. I was watching a special episode of Chopped (no surprise to those who read this blog often) and Katie Lee, one of the competitors, was surprised that she won. In reflecting on it, she talked about how she thought she had won because she had stayed true to who she was. Katie is best known for her comfort foods and that is what she cooked all three courses, foods filled with memories of growing up and cooking with her grandmother and mother. She gave the judges her on a plate.

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THOUGHT FOR THE DAY

December 10, 2017

There is more to a book then what the cover reveals. There is far more to each person then what you see. Take the time to get to know yourself and others.

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